Ontario Interprofessional Health Collaborative

Ontario Interprofessional Health Collaborative

January 19, 2009 12:20 ET

Ontario Interprofessional Health Collaborative: Conference Showcases Ontario's Best in Healthcare Collaboration

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 19, 2009) - More than 300 leaders from government, the education sector and the healthcare practice community are meeting today in Toronto to share successes and promising practices emerging in interprofessional care and education across Ontario.

"Our government is proud to support this conference which will establish Ontario as a national leader in interprofessional collaboration, and showcase the successes achieved by the projects funded under our HealthForceOntario strategy," said David Caplan, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, who provided opening remarks to delegates.

Interprofessional collaboration occurs when health providers work together with patients and their families to manage care. By improving understanding of the skills and responsibilities of other professions, health providers develop the respect and trust needed to work as an efficient patient-centred team.

"Our government is committed to creating opportunities for students and health providers to learn and practice more collaboratively," said John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. "Through our investments in the Interprofessional Care/Education Fund, we're encouraging our colleges and universities to take an innovative approach to health education and delivery."

The Ontario Interprofessional Health Collaborative (OC) was established in 2007 through funding from the ICEF. The Collaborative links individuals from across Ontario who are teaching, practicing and researching interprofessional practice and education.

"Response to the OC and this conference has been exceptional," said Jennifer Medves, OC Project Lead. "We will continue to build on the momentum and enthusiasm created by HealthForceOntario funding and this conference to advocate for even greater uptake of interprofessional education and practice throughout Ontario."

The conference continues until January 20, 2009.

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Contact Information

  • Ontario Interprofessional Health Collaborative
    Andrea Burton
    On Site Media Contact
    (604) 762-4743
    or
    Ontario Interprofessional Health Collaborative
    Jennifer Medves
    Post-Conference Media Contact
    (613) 533-6000 x74740
    Email: office.ipep@queensu.ca
    Website: www.cihc.ca